We kicked off 2014 on Saturday, Jan 11th by spending an afternoon designing solutions for getRTI, an open source platform that brings transparency to Right To Information act submissions and returns. The platform enables anyone to easily search through thousands of RTI requests to find patterns, reuse data, and create citizen engagement.

The design challenge

The getRTI team had a request for Design Evenings: Be able to visualize the content and patterns found in the RTI file repository.


Step 1: Introductions & present the design challenge

StakeholdersRakesh Reddy Dubudu and Harish Krishnan from the getRTI were on hand to explain the design challenge to us. They talked about the current problem, where they are with the getRTI project, and then answered many questions about the user persona, data available, technology limitations, and more.

Step 2: Split into teams & brainstorm

The group then split up into three smaller teams, to iterate and brainstorm through solutions. We had a handy buzzer to keep folks on track. Chai, chips, and osmania biscuits kept the group moving forward. The whiteboards and various writing surfaced helped too :)


Brainstorm-4 brainstorm_3

Step 3: Reconvene and share ideas

We reconvened the entire group to share their respective ideas. The rest offered suggestions, had questions, and we then we continued to iterate through the design solutions.


Step 4:   1-UP it!

Based on all the feedback, we created detailed wireframes and notes for each of the solutions.

1_Up_1 1_up_2


At the end of 3 hours, we had 5 distinct solutions for the problem.

Finals-3 Finals

Finals-2We made a “grand show” of presenting these to Harish, one of the stakeholders & architects behind the getRTI solution :)




Next Steps

Some of us from Design Evenings are now getting involved in iterating through the solutions more based on user feedback and finally will help the team implement the solution. Send us an email if you still have questions or are interested in getting involved!

Join us at Devthon on Jan 18 & 19, where innovators and developers will move the ideas forward.


For the evening we used a combination of gamestorming, ideas from IDEO Design thinking crash course, and other thoughts on creative facilitation to keep the agenda on track and discover concrete solutions in 3 hours.